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Long delays on A47 after accident

Hundreds of motorists experienced long delays as police officers closed the busy A47 westbound carriageway near the sliproad to Castor, near Peterborough, shortly after the accident at 2.30pm on Tuesday.

Hundreds of motorists experienced long delays as police officers closed the busy A47 westbound carriageway near the sliproad to Castor, near Peterborough, shortly after the accident at 2.30pm on Tuesday.It reopened shortly after 6.30pm, following a full police investigation at the scene.

Motorist John Johnston, from Peterborough, said: "At 5pm, as I drove east along the A47, the accident on the west-bound carriageway of the A47 was still being measured up by police after the incident.

"A small gold or bronze car faced forward in the middle of the carriageway with a severe dent right in the middle of the front.

"A motorbike lay more than 30m ahead of it in the outside lane.

"The police seemed to be taking meticulous care with their measurements."

Although the air ambulance was called to the scene, it didn't have to land on the parkway.

With the number of bikers on the roads increasing in the spring and summer months, there are fears of more accidents unless they take care, and motorists heed the Government's national road safety campaign to "think bike" and be aware of oncoming motorcyclists.

Today, Pc Chris Breeze, a motorcyclist with more than 26 years' experience, urged motorists to take extra care on the roads.

He said: "My policy is to think that every motorist is trying to kill.

"Motorists have to take extra care and 'think bike' as they are much smaller and, therefore, harder to see.

"It is important motorists have a good look around them before making any movements.

"Driving is an art which requires consideration and concentration.

"Biking on a lovely sunny day is fantastic, but bikes are very powerful, with very good acceleration, and must be used with care."

More than 861 people were injured or killed on the city's roads between January and October last year, which is down on the previous year's 1,023.

Pc Steve Edwards, who is investigating, would like to speak to anyone who saw the collision happen or who saw the moments leading up to the accident.

n Anyone with information is asked to call Pc Edwards at the roads policing unit on 0845 456 4564.

 

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